Five teens aged 13 through 16 arrested for horse theft in Baton Rouge

Aerial view of Baton Rouge, La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities said five Louisiana teenagers were arrested on suspicion of stealing two horses that appeared to be physically abused.

The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a statement that the five teens are from St. Landry Parish and range from 13 to 16 years old.

Investigators from the state agency believe the teens stole the horses from a stockyard in Opelousas on April 4. They were arrested April 10 and taken to a juvenile detention center.

One of the teens faces charges of theft of livestock and aggravated cruelty of animals. The others face related charges, including theft and accessory after the fact to theft of livestock. Source at KALB »

Note: The report does not say why the teens took the horses. It seems to imply that the teens were the ones who abused them. We are following up. If anyone has further information on this story please contact us at or use our contact form.

Aerial view of Baton Rouge. Unattributed Google search result.

Police warn horse owners over Blidworth mystery mane plaits (Eng)

Nottingham mystery mane plaits. Source image.

England Flag reports:

Nottingham mystery mane plaits. Source image.
Mysterious plaits, similar to this one, have been found in the manes of ponies and horses near Blidworth. Source Image.

POLICE have been left baffled by a series of mysterious plaits found in the manes of horses and ponies in fields near a Notts village.

Officers are investigating after one of the plaits was found in the hair of a pony in a field near Blidworth.

The owner reported it to police believing it had been woven to identify it for someone to return and steal.

But officers say the reason for the plait is still not clear.

Following the most recent incident, police issued an internet neighbourhood alert to people in the area.

“Although there is no evidence to confirm that ponies are marked before being stolen, all horse owners are urged to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police,” the statement says.

There have been no other incidents since and no horses have been reported stolen.


NetPosse freeze branding offer (US)

February 26, 2009


For a limited time, any 501(c)(3) nonprofit equine rescue organization or similar agency ordering a freeze branding iron through Stolen Horse International, aka NetPosse, will be automatically registered under the nonprofit’s name in NetPosse’s NIP (NetPosse Identification Program) database.

These rescues will also be entered on the website as PREFERRED RESCUES* under the appropriate link (currently Horse Protection Groups) with an image of the brand (a reciprocal NetPosse link will be required if the nonprofit has a website). Thus, anyone coming to the site researching information on a horse with a brand can compare it to the Preferred Rescues’ brands in an effort to locate rescue-owned horses as quickly as possible.

NetPosse will help the organization design a custom brand at NO CHARGE, and the cost of the iron will be comparable to one ordered anywhere else.

Freeze Branding is an economical way to ID horses as the initial cost is minimal and upfront and there is not an additional cost per horse.

Don’t forget to ask about a Freeze Branding Clinic for your organization and other ID options!

NetPosse also has an Instructional DVD on Freeze Branding available.

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More about NIP:

Any 501(c)(3) Non Profit ordering a freeze branding iron through Stolen Horse International will receive:

>> FREE assistance in designing a brand
>> Advice for registering the brand in the appropriate state
>> FREE quote on branding iron prior to final purchase
>> FREE PREFERRED RESCUE LISTING on with image of registered brand
>> FREE listing for Rescue in NetPosse Identification Program database
>> Opportunity to host Freeze Brand Clinic

Don’t wait! Contact us today to start the process by emailing with the Subject: Freeze Branding Iron for NonProfit Rescue.

We look forward to doing what we can to help your nonprofit rescue!

* Note: Any organization participating in this opportunity must remain in good standing with Stolen Horse International in order to maintain its preferred status. Equines and other rescue property can be listed in NIP, but must be applied for separately from this agreement and will require the standard fee. Agreement subject to change without notice. Documentation of nonprofit status might be required.

Source: Press Release

Stolen horse group marks 10 year anniversary (US)

By LISA KEMP | | September 08 2008 | Article # 12636

“The Year of the Stolen Horse,” an event organized by Stolen Horse International Inc., commemorates a decade of fighting horse theft and is designed to bring expanded theft prevention and recovery services to the horse industry.

Stolen Horse International provides education and resources for horse owners worldwide.

Debi Metcalfe of Stolen Horse InternationalIt was created in 1998 after founder Debi Metcalfe (seen left) and her family spent nearly a year trying to locate their gaited Paint mare, Idaho, after she was stolen from their property.

“Any time a horse is stolen, we’ve learned time is of the essence in recovering that horse,” said Metcalfe. To that end, Stolen Horse International sends “Idaho Alerts,” similar to Amber Alerts for missing children, via its Web site These alerts go out to a global e-mail network to notify recipients of each confirmed missing or stolen horse.

“We’ve made a number of changes in conjunction with our ‘Year of the Stolen Horse’ campaign, including instituting a new network of contracted volunteer case managers at the local level, and developing a database-driven system, scheduled to launch by the end of 2008, to automate many of our processes,” Metcalfe said. “By automating, we’ll be able to spend more of our time and resources on theft-prevention awareness, education, and outreach to horse owners, many of whom don’t think theft can happen to them.”

While the fundraising and awareness event was originally intended to run until Sept. 26, 2008, Metcalfe indicated that organizers might extend its timeframe.

“Our goal was to raise $12,000; approaching our one-year deadline, we’ve only raised about half that, due to the economic downturn,” Metcalfe said.

SHI has been involved in the recovery of more than 300 horses since 1998.

Source: online